GP fails to clear his name

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A DOCTOR who was cleared of accusations that he groped female patients - but who was struck off the medical register anyway - has had his injustice claims rejected.

Dr Parag Bhatt, who worked at Rosehill Medical Centre, in Rawmarsh, was acquitted of seven charges of sexual assault at Sheffield Crown Court in January 2009.

But in August last year the General Medical Council found him guilty of disciplinary charges relating to six women patients.

He was struck off after the panel said that, in four of the cases, he was sexually rather than medically motivated when he intimately examined the women.

Dr Bhatt’s legal team claimed the GMC’s decision was fundamentally wrong and unjust.

They said much of the evidence he faced before the GMC had already been found unreliable at the Crown Court.

Mr Justice Langstaff rejected his plea that the hearing before the GMC’s Fitness to Practice Panel was an abuse of process or that evidence against him should have been ruled inadmissable.

The judge concluded: “The decision of the panel was neither wrong, nor procedurally unjust.”